I have oftentimes heard friends say,
“I want a home by the sea.”
They see the sea as accomplishment,
Accompaniment, a balm for tired minds
Bruised in the fray of life.
The sea is home to many;
From the hardy and sea-sick sailors
To the marines growing in her capacious womb
She is mother and provider, and educator.
Her lover, the sky, meets her ever to collude
With her; to guide aviaries who brace themselves
For flight from her vast preparatory shores.
But what business has man
To appropriate this home?
He trespassed into Diana’s kingdom
And is waging a persistent war
Against the martial Mars.
How many homes does he want,
This impostor and marauder?
Where does he mean to live in one life,
And where does he want to be buried?
All love to watch the grand waltz of these two,
The sky ad the sea.
They wish to move their homes
To this locale, this rendezvous.
Advertisements ask for a huge stake
To watch this role play in pastel costumes,
And highlight the climax when russet
And crimson splash upon the costumes.
Men are busy buying tickets for a lifelong
Attendance of the dramatic show.
Their selling agents bring all Nature
Into a microcosmic perspective;
A miniature where geography, topography
And meteorology appear in a frame of
One single place.
For a price earned by part of a lifetime
They bring into the span of a settlement
Streaming rivers and mangrove-lined lakes
As though the whole cosmos were here to behold.
Nature is more than perspective;
Larger, mightier, unrelenting,
Ruthless in bounty, salvaging
A window frame or balcony is too little
To know her role and field of action.
If you want a home by the sea
She will not say No.
She will educate you well on tasks
Of industry and domesticity.
Watch her cook, clean and serve
And launder as the sky holds the lamp
Of daylight for her,
Till she rests at night tired and content,
Like a wonderful, able housekeeper.
She holds her infants close to her
Maternal bosom heaving with love,
Singing lullabies and rocking , and
Making wishes on the stars.
You have a great neighbour to emulate;
A thing to show your friends,
But only don’t pretend it’s your pride
That such a one lives by your side.